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# PHYSICS CHAPTER 5

## The branch of mechanics

concerned with bodies that
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## are acted upon by balanced

forces and couples so that
they remain at rest or in
unaccelerated motion.
motion

CHAPTER 5:
Static
(4 Hours)

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Learning Outcome:
5.1 Equilibrium of a particle (1 hour)
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## 5.2 Polygon of forces (1 hour)

At the end of this chapter, students should be able to:
 Define the equilibrium of a particle and state the
condition for equilibrium.
 State two types of equilibrium, i.e. static (v=0) and
dynamic (a=0).
 Sketch polygon of forces to represent forces in
equilibrium.

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5.1 Equilibrium of a particle
5.1.1 Concurrent forces
 is defined as the forces whose lines of action pass through a
single common point.
point (whether inside or outside of the body)
 The forces cause the translational motion on the body.
 Figure 5.1 and Figure 5.2 show the examples of concurrent
forces. 
 F2 
F2 F1

F1 
 F3
F3

## Figure 5.1 Figure 5.2

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5.1.2 Equilibrium of a particle
 is defined as the vector sum of all forces acting on a particle
(point) must be zero.
zero
 The equilibrium of a particle ensures the body in translational
equilibrium and its condition is given by
 
∑ F = Fnett = 0 Newton’s first law
of motion
 This is equivalent to the three independent scalar equations
along the direction of the coordinate axes,

∑F x = 0, ∑F y = 0, ∑Fz =0
 There are two types of equilibrium of a particle. It is
 Static equilibrium (v=0)⇒ body remains at rest
(stationary).
stationary
 Dynamic equilibrium (a=0)⇒ body moving at a uniform
(constant) velocity.
velocity
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5.1.3 Problem solving strategies for equilibrium of
a particle
 The following procedure is recommended when dealing with
problems involving the equilibrium of a particle:
 Sketch a simple diagram of the system to help
conceptualize the problem.
 Sketch a separate free body diagram for each body.

##  Choose a convenient coordinate axes for each body and

construct a table to resolve the forces into their
components.
 Apply the condition for equilibrium of a particle in

∑ ∑
component form :
Fx = 0 and Fy = 0
 Solve the component equations for the unknowns.

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5.2 Polygon of forces
Case 1:
 A particle in equilibrium as a result of two forces acting on it as
shown in Figure 5.3.
 
F2 F1
Figure 5.3
 They are equal in magnitude but opposite in the direction, thus
∑F = F 1 − F2 = 0 i.e. ∑F
x = 0 OR ∑F y =0
Case 2: 
 A particle in equilibrium as a result of F3
three forces acting on it as shown in
Figure 5.4. 
Figure 5.4
F1

F2
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 They are form
 a closed triangle of forces, thus
F1    
  ∑ F = F1 + F2 + F3 = 0

F3
F2
i.e. ∑F x = 0 and ∑ Fy = 0 F3
Case 3:
 A particle in equilibrium as a result of
 
four forces acting on it as shown in F F2
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Figure 5.5.

F1
Figure 5.5
 They will form a closed polygon of forces, thus
    

 F4  F = F1 + F2 + F3 + F4 = 0
F3
F1
 i.e. ∑F x = 0 and ∑F y =0
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Example 1 :
A load of 250 kg is hung by a crane’s cable. The load is pulled by a
horizontal force such that the cable makes a 30° angle to the
vertical plane. If the load is in the equilibrium, calculate
a. the magnitude of the tension in the cable,
b. the magnitude of the horizontal force. (Given g =9.81 m s−2)
Solution : m = 250 kg Free body diagram of the load :

30
T Ty
30 

 60 F
F Tx

mg
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Solution : m = 250 kg
1st method :
a. Force x-component (N) y-component (N)

mg

0 − mg = −( 250)( 9.81)
 = −2453
F F 0

T − T cos 60 T sin 60
Since the load is in the 
equilibrium, then
∑F = 0
Thus ∑ Fx = 0 F − T cos 60 = 0 (1)

## ∑F y =0 T sin 60 − 2453 = 0

T = 2833 N (2)
b. By substituting eq. (2) into eq. (1), therefore
F − ( 2833) cos 60 = 0 F = 1417 N 9
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Solution : m = 250 kg
2nd method :
a. Since the load is in the equilibrium, then a closed triangle of
forces can be sketched as shown below.

##  From the closed triangle of forces, hence

 30 T
mg mg
= cos 30
( 250)( 9.81) = cos 30
T T
 T = 2833 N
F
b. F F
= sin 30 = sin 30
T 2833
F = 1417 N

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Example 2 :

F2 = 20 N F1 = 12 N

30.0  55.0
A
45.0

F3 = 30 N
Figure 5.6

## Calculate the magnitude and direction of a force that balance the

three forces acted at point A as shown in Figure 5.6.

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Solution : F1 = 12 N; F2 = 20 N; F3 = 30 N
Force x-component (N) y-component (N)
 12 cos 55.0 12 sin 55.0
F1
= 6.88 = 9.83
 − 20 cos 30.0 20 sin 30.0
F2
= −17.3 = 10.0
 − 30 cos 45.0
F3 − 30 sin 45.0
= −21.2 = −21.2

F Fx Fy
To find a force to balance the three forces means the system must
be in equilibrium hence
∑F x =0
6.88 − 17.3 − 21.2 + Fx = 0
Fx = 31.6 N
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Solution :
∑F =0
y
9.83 + 10.0 − 21.2 + Fy = 0
Fy = 1.37 N
The magnitude of the force,
F= ( Fx ) 2 + ( Fy ) 2 = ( 31.6) 2 + (1.37 ) 2
F = 31.6 N
and its direction,
−1 
Fy 
θ = tan  
 Fx 
−1  1.37 
θ = tan  
 31.6 
θ = 2.48 from the +x-axis anticlockwise
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Example 3 :

F

50.0

Figure 5.7
A window washer pushes his scrub brush up a vertical window at
constant speed by applying a force F as shown in Figure 5.7.
The brush weighs 10.0 N and the coefficient of kinetic friction is µ
k= 0.125. Calculate

## a. the magnitude of the force F ,

b. the normal force exerted by the window on the brush.

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Solution : W = 10.0 N; μk = 0.125
a. The free body diagram of the brush :
 Force x-component (N) y-component (N)
constant
F 
F F cos 50.0 F sin 50.0
speed
 50.0 
N W 0 − 10.0
 
N −N 0
 fk
 − μk N
W fk 0 = −0.125 N
The brush moves up atconstant speed (a=0) so that

∑ F = ma = 0
Thus
∑ Fx = 0 N = F cos 50.0 (1)

## ∑F y =0 F sin 50.0 − 0.125 N = 10.0 (2)

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Solution :
a. By substituting eq. (1) into eq. (2), thus
( )
F sin 50.0 − 0.125 F cos 50.0 = 10.0
F = 14.6 N
b. Therefore the normal force exerted by the window on the brush
is given by
N = F cos 50.0
N = (14.6 ) cos 50.0
N = 9.39 N

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Exercise 5.1 :
Use gravitational acceleration, g = 9.81 m s−2
1.

Figure 5.8
The system in Figure 5.8 is in equilibrium, with the string at the
centre exactly horizontal. Calculate
a. the tensions T1, T2 and T3.
b. the angle θ.
ANS. : 49 N, 28 N, 57 N; 29°

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Exercise 5.1 :
2.

Figure 5.9
A 20 kg ball is supported from the ceiling by a rope A. Rope B
pulls downward and to the side on the ball. If the angle of A to
the vertical is 20° and if B makes an angle of 50° to the vertical
as shown in Figure 5.9, Determine the tension in ropes A and B.
ANS. : 134 N; 300 N

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Exercise 5.1 :
3.

Figure 5.10
A block of mass 3.00 Figure 5.10
kg is pushed up against a wall by a force
P that makes a 50.0 ° angle with the horizontal as show in
Figure 5.10. The coefficient of static friction between the block
and the wall is 0.250. Determine the possible values for the
magnitude of P that allow the block to remain stationary.
ANS. : 31.8 N; 48.6 N

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Learning Outcome:
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## 5.3 Equilibrium of a rigid body (2 hours)

At the end of this chapter, students should be able to:
 Define and use torque, τ .
 State and use conditions for equilibrium of rigid body:

∑F x = 0, ∑F y = 0, ∑ τ =0
 Examples of problems :
Fireman ladder leaning on a wall, see-saw, pivoted /
suspended horizontal bar.
 Sign convention for moment or torque :
+ve : anticlockwise
− ve : clockwise
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5.3 Equilibrium of a rigid body
5.3.1 Non-concurrent forces
 is defined as the forces whose lines of action do not pass
through a single common point.
 The forces cause the rotational motion on the body.

##  The combination of concurrent and non-concurrent forces cause

rolling motion on the body. (translational and rotational
motion)
 Figure 5.11 shows an example of non-concurrent forces.

 
F1 F2

F4 
Figure 5.11
F3
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5.3.2 Torque (moment of a force),τ
 The magnitude of the torque is defined as the product of a
force and its perpendicular distance from the line of action
of the force to the point (rotation axis).
axis)
OR
τ = Fd
where τ : magnitude of the torque
F : magnitude of the force
d : perpendicular distance (moment arm)
Because of d = r sin θ
where r : distance between the pivot point (rotation
axis) and the point of application of force.
Thus
  
τ = Fr sin θ OR τ = r ×F
 
where θ : angle between F and r
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 It is a vector quantity.
quantity
 The dimension of torque is

[τ ] = [ F ][ d ] = ML2T −2
 The unit of torque is N m (newton metre), a vector product
unlike the joule (unit of work),
work) also equal to a newton metre,
which is scalar product.
product
 Torque is occurred because of turning (twisting) effects of
the forces on a body.
 Sign convention of torque:
 Positive - turning tendency of the force is anticlockwise.
anticlockwise
 Negative - turning tendency of the force is clockwise.
clockwise
 The value of torque depends on the rotation axis and the
magnitude of applied force.
force

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Case 1 :
 Consider a force is applied to a metre rule which is pivoted at
one end as shown in Figures 5.12a and 5.12b.

F τ = Fd
(anticlockwise)
d
Figure 5.12a

## Line of action of a force

Pivot point
(rotation axis) Point of action of a force

d = r sin θ F
θ
τ = Fd = Fr sin θ
r (anticlockwise)
Figure 5.12b
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Case 2 :
 Consider three forces are applied to the metre rule which is
pivoted at one end (point O) as shown in Figures 5.13.

 τ 1 = F1 d 1 = F1r1 sin θ1
F3 d 1 = r1 sin θ1 τ 2 = − F2 d 2 = − F2 r2 sin θ2

F1 τ 3 = F3 d 3 = F3 r3 sin θ3 = 0
r2 θ1 Therefore the resultant (nett)
torque is
∑τ
O θ2  r1 = τ1 + τ 2 + τ 3
d 2 = r2 sin θ2 O
F2 Figure 5.13
∑τ O = F1 d 1 − F2 d 2
 Caution :
 If the line of action of a force is through the rotation axis
then τ = Fr sin θ and θ = 0
τ =0 Simulation 5.1
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Example 4 :
Determine a resultant torque of all the forces about rotation axis, O
in the following problems.
a. F = 10 N
2

5m 5m F1 = 30 N

3m
6m
O
3m

10 m

F3 = 20 N

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Example 4 :
b.
10 m F1 = 30 N

3m
6m
β O
3m
F3 = 20 N
5m 5m
α F4 = 25 N
F2 = 10 N

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Solution : F2 = 10 N
a. 5m 5m F1 = 30 N

d1 = 3 m
6m
O d2 = 5 m

10 m
Force Torque (N m), τo=Fd=Frsinθ

F3 = 20 N F1 − ( 30 )( 3) = −90

F2 + (10 )( 5) = +50

The resultant torque: F3 0
∑τ O = − 90 + 50 = − 40 N m
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Solution :
b. 10 m F1 = 30 N

3m d3 d = 3 m
1
β O 6m
β r =5m 3
sin β = = 0.515
F3 = 20 N 5m 5m
32 + 5 2
F2 = 10 N α F4 = 25 N
Force Torque (N m), τo=Fd=Frsinθ

F1 − ( 30 )( 3) = −90

F2 0 The resultant torque:

F3 F3 r sin β = ( 20 )( 5)( 0.515) = 51.5 ∑τ O = −90 + 51.5

F4 0
∑τ O = −38.5 N m
(clockwise)
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5.3.3 Equilibrium of a rigid body
 Rigid body is defined as a body with definite shape that
doesn’t change, so that the particles that compose it stay in
fixed position relative to one another even though a force is
exerted on it.it
 If the rigid body is in equilibrium,
equilibrium means the body is
translational and rotational equilibrium.
equilibrium
 There are two conditions for the equilibrium of forces acting on
a rigid body.
 The vector sum of all forces acting on a rigid body must
be zero. 
∑F = F nett =0
OR

## ∑F x =0, ∑F y =0, ∑Fz =0

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 The vector sum of all external torques acting on a rigid
body must be zero about any rotation axis.
axis

∑ τ = τ nett = 0

##  This ensures rotational equilibrium.

equilibrium
 This is equivalent to the three independent scalar
equations along the direction of the coordinate axes,

∑τ x = 0, ∑τ y =0, ∑τ z =0

Centre of gravity, CG
 is defined as the point at which the whole weight of a body
may be considered to act.
act
 A force that exerts on the centre of gravity of an object will
cause a translational motion.
motion
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 Figures 5.14 and 5.15 show the centre of gravity for uniform
(symmetric) object i.e. rod and sphere
 rod – refer to the midway point between its end.
end
l
CG
l l
2 2
Figure 5.14

##  sphere – refer to geometric centre.

centre

CG

Figure 5.15

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5.3.4 Problem solving strategies for equilibrium of
a rigid body
 The following procedure is recommended when dealing with
problems involving the equilibrium of a rigid body:
 Sketch a simple diagram of the system to help
conceptualize the problem.
 Sketch a separate free body diagram for each body.

##  Choose a convenient coordinate axes for each body and

construct a table to resolve the forces into their
components and to determine the torque by each force.
 Apply the condition for equilibrium of a rigid body :

## ∑F x =0; ∑Fy =0 and ∑τ = 0

 Solve the equations for the unknowns.

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Example 5 :
A 35 cm O 75 cm B

W1
W2
Figure 5.16
A hanging flower basket having weight, W2 =23 N is hung out over
the edge of a balcony railing on a uniform horizontal beam AB of
length 110 cm that rests on the balcony railing. The basket is
counterbalanced by a body of weight, W1 as shown in Figure 5.16.
If the mass of the beam is 3.0 kg, calculate
a. the weight, W1 needed,
b. the force exerted on the beam at point O.
(Given g =9.81 m s−2)
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Solution : m = 3 kg; W2 = 23 N N
The free body diagram of the beam :

0.20 m
A 0.35 m 0.75 m B
CG
O
 
W2 0.55 m  0.55 m
W1
mg
Let point O as the rotation axis.
Force y-comp. (N) Torque (N m), τo=Fd=Frsinθ

W1 − W1 − W1 ( 0.75) = −0.75W1

W2 − 23 + ( 23)( 0.35) = 8.05
mg
 − ( 3)( 9.81) − ( 29.4 )( 0.20) = −5.88
 = −29.4
N N 0
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Solution :
Since the beam remains at rest thus the system in equilibrium.
a. Hence
∑τ =0
O

## − 0.75W1 + 8.05 − 5.88 = 0

W1 = 2.89 N

b. and ∑F y =0
− W1 − 23 − 29.4 + N = 0
− ( 2.89) − 23 − 29.4 + N = 0
N = 55.3 N

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Example 6 :
A uniform ladder AB of length 10 m and
mass 5.0 kg leans against a smooth wall
as shown in Figure 5.17. The height of the A
end A of the ladder is 8.0 m from the
rough floor.
a. Determine the horizontal and vertical
forces the floor exerts on the end B of
the ladder when a firefighter of mass
60 kg is 3.0 m from B.
b. If the ladder is just on the verge of
slipping when the firefighter is 7.0 m
smooth
up the ladder , Calculate the coefficient wall B
of static friction between ladder and rough floor
floor. Figure 5.17
(Given g =9.81 m s−2)
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Solution : ml = 5.0 kg; m f = 60 kg
a. The free body diagram of the ladder :
Let point B as the rotation axis. 
Torque (N m), τ
A N1
x-comp. y-comp. 8
Force α sin α = = 0.8
B=Fd=Frsinθ
(N) (N)
β 10

ml g 0 − 49.1 ( 49.1)( 5.0) sin β sin β =
6
= 0.6
= 147 10

mf g 0 − 589
( 589)( 3.0) sin β 8.0 m CG 10 m
 = 1060 
N1 − N 1 (10 ) sin α ml g β 3.0
N1 0  m
= −8 N 1 
mf g β N2

N2 0 N2 0 5.0 m α
  B
fs − fs 0 0 fs
6.0 m

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Solution :
Since the ladder in equilibrium thus

∑τ B
=0
147 + 1060 − 8 N 1 = 0
N 1 = 151 N
∑F x
=0
N1 − f s = 0
Horizontal force: f s = 151 N
∑ Fy =0
− 49.1 − 589 + N 2 = 0
Vertical force: N 2 = 638 N

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Solution : sin α = 0.8; sin β = 0.6
b. The free body diagram of the ladder :

Let point B as the rotation axis. A N1
x-comp. y-comp. Torque (N m), τ α
Force
(N) (N) B =Fd=Frsinθ β

ml g 0 − 49.1 ( 49.1)( 5.0) sin β 
= 147 mf g 10 m
β

mf g 0 − 589
( 589)( 7.0) sin β 8.0 m

7.0 m
 = 2474 ml g β
N1 N1 0 − N 1 (10 ) sin α 
N2
= −8 N 1
 5.0 m α
N2 0 N2 0  B
 fs
fs − μs N 2 0 0 6.0 m

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Solution :
Consider the ladder stills in equilibrium thus

∑τ B
=0
147 + 2474 − 8 N 1 = 0
N 1 = 328 N
∑ Fy =0
− 49.1 − 589 + N 2 = 0
N 2 = 638 N
∑ Fx =0
N 1 − μs N 2 = 0
( 328) − μs ( 638) = 0
μs = 0.514
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Example 7 :
A floodlight of mass 20.0 kg in a park is
supported at the end of a 10.0 kg uniform
horizontal beam that is hinged to a pole as
shown in Figure 5.18. A cable at an angle
30° with the beam helps to support the light.
a. Sketch a free body diagram of the beam.
b. Determine
i. the tension in the cable,
ii. the force exerted on the beam by the
pole.
Figure 5.18
(Given g =9.81 m s )
−2

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Solution : m f = 20.0 kg; mb = 10.0 kg
a. The free body diagram
 of the beam : 
S T
30
O 0.5l CG 
mb g
l 
mf g
b. Let point O as the rotation axis.
Force x-comp. (N) y-comp. (N) Torque (N m), τo=Fd=Frsinθ

mf g 0 − 196 − (196) l

mb g 0 − 98.1 − ( 98.1)( 0.5l ) = −49.1l

T − T cos 30

T sin 30 
Tl sin 30 = 0.5Tl

S Sx Sy 0
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Solution :
b. The floodlight and beam remain at rest thus
i.
∑ τ =0
O
− 196l − 49.1l + 0.5Tl = 0
T = 490 N
ii. ∑F x
=0
− T cos 30  + S x = 0
S x = 424 N
∑F y
=0
− 196 − 98.1 + T sin 30 + S y = 0
S y = 49.1 N

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Solution :
b. ii. Therefore the magnitude of the force is
2 2
S = Sx + S y

S= ( 424) 2 + ( 49.1) 2
S = 427 N
and its direction is given by
−1 
Sy 
θ = tan  
 Sx 
−1  49.1 
θ = tan  
 424 
θ = 6.61 from the +x-axis anticlockwise

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Exercise 5.2 :
Use gravitational acceleration,
 g = 9.81 m s−2
1. F1
a B

A F2

D γ
C

shows the forces, F1 =10 N, F2= 50F3N
Figure 5.19
Figure 5.19 and F3=
60 N are applied to a rectangle with side lengths, a = 4.0 cm
and b = 5.0 cm. The angle γ is 30°. Calculate the resultant
torque about point D.
ANS. : -3.7 N m
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Exercise 5.2 :
2.

Figure 5.20

## A see-saw consists of a uniform board of mass 10 kg and

length 3.50 m supports a father and daughter with masses 60
kg and 45 kg, respectively as shown in Figure 5.20. The fulcrum
is under the centre of gravity of the board. Determine
a. the magnitude of the force exerted by the fulcrum on the
board,
b. where the father should sit from the fulcrum to balance the
system.
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ANS. : 1128 N; 1.31 m
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Exercise 5.2 :
3.

Figure 5.21
A traffic light hangs from a structure as show in Figure 5.21.
The uniform aluminum pole AB is 7.5 m long has a mass of 8.0
kg. The mass of the traffic light is 12.0 kg. Determine
a. the tension in the horizontal massless cable CD,
b. the vertical and horizontal components of the force exerted
by the pivot A on the aluminum pole.
ANS. : 248 N; 197 N, 248 N
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Exercise 5.2 :
4.
30.0 cm 50.0

15.0 cm

F
Figure 5.22
A uniform 10.0 N picture frame is supported by two light string
as shown in Figure 5.22. The horizontal force, F is applied for
holding the frame in the position shown.
a. Sketch the free body diagram of the picture frame.
b. Calculate
i. the tension in the ropes,
ii. the magnitude of the horizontal force, F .
ANS. : 1.42 N, 11.2 N; 7.20 N
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